Friday, 8 November 2013

Scrapbooking With a Found Object


Long, long time ago, there was a small boy who wasn't nearly as tall as he is now. He liked the usual kind of things a boy of nearly three enjoys: going to the park (but not to the shops), playing with his trains, and making plans for becoming a world famous racing driver. And when he wasn't doing any of those, he could often be found stationed at the window, looking out for his Auntie Catrin.

Scrapbooking with a found object: Sian Fair for Get It Scrapped

That little boy reckoned then (and today most probably still does) that on the scale of excellent aunties, his Auntie Catrin was hard to beat. She thought of the best places to go, she knew all the fun that was funny, and she always - always- had a small something ready as a treat. Comics, stickers, new pencils, you name it, Auntie Catrin had a ready supply and that rascal knew it. He would wait til she was nicely settled with a cup of coffee (and possibly a Danish Pastry) and then he would sidle up to her "What my like?" he would say (which, for a three year old, is, I reckon, a pretty crisp combination of both firm charm and engaging directness). And, of course, she would instantly, reliably, prove that she knew exactly what he liked, magically producing - a racing car, or some balloons, or (best of all) a new train for the collection.


The trains are treasured still, even though that boy is grown up now and out on his own in the world. He's hoping to return the favour, though, with a bit of Christmas shopping he and I have planned. When he flies home for the holidays I'm hoping he'll have with him a gift for his small cousin, Auntie Catrin's own boy. And we all know who that is...

This page was made for Get It Scrapped and the new article there on Ideas For Scrapbook Page Embellishment With Found Objects. I discovered a plain brown paper bag,  in my pile of maybe-I'll-reuse-that-someday stuff and used it as a space to type my journaling. It's my way of reinforcing the story: a bag to wrap a gift, recycled as part of the tale itself. There are lots more ideas on re-using found items - at Get It Scrapped.

30 comments:

Missus Wookie said...

Oh how fun. And I've got a bag or two to be reused in my pile too :)

Julie Kirk said...

So, I guess the definition of 'inspiration' is something that makes you want to go and do the same thing. And right now I'm really feeling like scrapbooking. It's a great page and a really lovely memory to have documented.

Fortunately I'm out at the crop all day tomorrow - so will hopefully channel some of your scrappiness then.

p.s: you've also re-inspired me to hunt out an old typewriter again! x

Jo said...

That is lovely post and a great layout :)

Jennifer Shaw said...

Such a beautiful page! I loved reading this post!

scrappyjacky said...

The bag looks perfect....and what a lovely story to go with this page.
I'm ashamed to admit I recycled a paper bag today....maybe I should go and pull it back out of the wheelie bin!

helena said...

What a fine tradition of auntying you have in your family

debs14 said...

What a lovely story, and a lovely page to share the details on.

Ruth said...

I absolutely love this post! And you know how I feel about Aunties, having met mine. For The Boy Child, we would substitute Granny for Auntie when it comes to treats in handbags.

Sinead said...

This is such a lovely story, I love how you've recorded his actual words, and the layout is so cute and whimsical! Thank you so much for sharing :) x

Sandra said...

Sian, I just love how your mind works and creates a story that makes me feel I'm sitting having that coffee with you listening to him saying those words. Fabulous

Barbara Eads said...

Another great layout with a great story. I like your use of the paper bag as your journaling spot. I'll have to give it a try. Plus, I've been thinking about using my old typewriter---haven't used it in awhile.

Rosemary said...

Fantastic layout and I love the story it was inspired by, his auntie loved him so much!

alexa said...

You have such lovely people in your family! I can't help feeling that Little E has an auntie as great as TTO's Auntie Catrin. She certain,y knows how to put together a lovely page ...

Chantal Vandenberg said...

I absolutely LOVE this layout!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

My tall one loved his Thomas trains too. :D

Amy said...

Our children are very lucky to have special aunties as well - especially when they bring out special items accompanied by a chocolate frog!

Lisa said...

Siam, you make the most beautiful pages and write the best blog posts. It's always a delight to drop by for a while. I pinned this straight away :-) Inspiration at its best.

Karen said...

I just love this layout, and what a great idea to use the bag for journaling. I love all the embellishments here---you are truly a master at this!

Jimjams said...

A beautiful quirky page, a sweet memory scrapped and an amusing and interesting blog post - fabulous as always :-D

Susan said...

Wow, great page and wonderful story!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Lovely page and such a wonderful story to go with it!

JulieJ said...

That page has a distinctly Dr Seuss feel to it. Lovely

Melissa said...

Such a cute page & a wonderful story to have documented. I know I have a few little bags in my Cultural Memorabilia box - just might have to use them for journaling soon! Thanks for the inspiration!

Alison said...

Love the page and the story....and I reckon A
Exa's right!
Alison xx

Miriam said...

This page is just beautiful Sian, I love the story too but most of all I am thrilled that I no longer have to 'hide' brown bags from the inevitable "What on earth? ..."

Louise said...

awww, this reminds me of when my eldest was small... He used to say "what like?" a wonderful layout Sian. It's also a reminder that it's not too late to capture the moments from long ago! x

Nathalie said...

This is such a great memory to record and I love the way you did it... without including a photo of the protagonist! That's brilliant!
My boys loved trains too and we have kept them in a box... for the next generation :)

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

You know what I think is just the sweetest thing? That your boy's aunt now has you to be a sweet auntie to her own boy. Nephews are just so wonderful!

Lisa-Jane said...

This is so beautiful! I love the way you string your thoughts together and bring us along with you on the journey.

Gail said...

What a lovely layout and it sounds like TTO was just as fortunate as Little E in having a great auntie.

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